Documentary Film screening - Helpem Fren: Rebuilding a Pacific Nation

Event details

Documentary Film Screening

Date & time

Monday 04 November 2013


Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Mr James Batley, former Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and former Special Coordinator of RAMSI; Mark Power, Aidworthy Films


Louana Gaffey
+61 2 6125 8244

Join us for the Australian premiere of this special film. Mr James Batley, former Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and former Special Coordinator of RAMSI, AusAID will open the event, and film maker Mark Power and Dr Matthew Allen will also share their thoughts on the film.

About the Film:

In 2003, John Howard agreed to send troops and advisors to a €˜failed' Pacific island state - what happened next changed regional diplomacy forever...

This documentary is a moving account of the Solomon Islands from the tensions of early 2000 to the peace and prosperity of the present day (2013). It is told primarily through the eyes of Solomon Islanders and respective Prime Ministers John Howard and Sir Allan Kemakeza.

The story begins with an exploration of the breakdown in government, governance and law and order during the tensions and the crimes of the notorious mass murderer Harold Keke, who is serving multiple life sentences.

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands was a large and expensive undertaking. Australia alone spent over $2 billion on police,  troops, civilian advisors and aid between 2003 and 2013. The Mission had many successes including the removal of most firearms from the community, the restoration of law and order and increased economic growth. But the country also had setbacks, including the April 2006 riots.

Using extensive archival footage and a score from Brett Aplin, the audience is taken on an emotional journey, seeing the tragic loss of life, then hope with the arrival of the Mission and finally plans for the nation's future.

This film is to be shown as part of the Solomon Islands in Transition workshop 4 €“ 5 November.

DVDs of the film will be available from AidWorthy Films for $25.00 on the night.

This event is free and open to the public. All Welcome.


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